Dr. O'Hara is now offering acupuncture at Brackett Street Veterinary Clinic. Veterinary acupuncture represents an ancient art of medical practice dating back to 450 BC, when the Chinese first documented using acupuncture to treat horses.
Acupuncture has many benefits for sick or injured pets, especially those with conditions such as arthritis, chronic spinal issues, or any patients that simply require an alternative pain relief.
- Acupuncture can assist the body's efforts to heal itself. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body's pain control chemicals) or cortisol (a natural steroid).
- Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. It is a means of helping the body heal itself. It is not a cure-all, but it works well to treat certain ailments. It can be used alone or in combination with traditional veterinary medicine.
- Acupuncture is used to treat musculoskelatal, skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive problems.
- For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless and once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most pets relax and even fall asleep during the treatment.
- The overall result, depending on the points used, can provide a variety of benefits, including pain relief and increased natural healing properties.
- Stimulation of an individual acupuncture point may take as little as 10 seconds or as much as 30 minutes. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, where a more severe or chronic ailment may need several or several dozen treatments.
- Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian.
Call (207) 772-3385 for more information or to make an appointment.